Time Reversal Creation Argument
Can consciousness exist without life?
That is like asking, "Can the birdsong exist without the bird?" or "Can the flame exist without the candle?"
And in a universe where time moves forwards and cause always precedes effect then the answer is probably no.
But what about a universe where time moves in the opposite direction?
In such a universe cause would spring fully formed out of effect; the cart would pull the horse backwards; the candle would unmelt from the flame and a bird would be born from its dying song rather than from the egg.
Thus, in such a universe, yes, consciousness could precede existence.
And if you consider that, before there was linear time, there was a fractured and disjointed, primordial form of time in which effect did not always follow cause then its possible that a consciousness that may have been an effect of some natural cause existed before it.
In other words it is possible that if the consciousness of a God was a consequence of the universe, in a topsy turvy pre-universe where effects would give rise to their causes, it might have existed before anything else.